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Andrei Chirileasa
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Andrei studied finance at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and started his journalism career in 2004 with Ziarul Financiar, the leading financial newspaper in Romania, where he worked for ten years, the last six of which as editor of the capital markets section. He joined the Romania-Insider.com team in 2014 as editor and became Editor-in-Chief in 2016. He currently oversees the daily content published on Romania-Insider.com and likes to stay up to date with everything relevant in business, politics, and life in Romania. Andrei lives with his family in the countryside in Northern Romania, where he built their own house. In his free time, he studies horticulture and tends to his family’s garden. He enjoys foraging in the woods and long walks on the hills and valleys around his village. Email him for story ideas and interviews at andrei@romania-insider.com. 

 

RO Liberal party leader prepares to defend his seat

Ludovic Orban, the leader of the senior ruling party in Romania - the National Liberal Party (PNL), reportedly prepares to defend his seat in front of those who have already criticized him for the lower than expected score in last fall's general elections, G4media.ro reported.

Maintaining his position would keep him in the race for the 2024 presidential elections.

In the December 6 general elections, the National Liberal Party (PNL) received fewer votes than its main rival, the Social Democratic Party (PSD), and Orban had to give up on leading a new Government to smoothen the coalition with the reformist block USR-PLUS.

As the Liberals' Congress approaches, some regional organizations began expressing their support for Orban.

The move coincides with prime minister Florin Citu, Orban's successor as head of the Government, expressing higher political ambitions.

A stronger position within PNL would help Citu pursue deeper reforms. "I would have gone deeper, but I had no political support," he said in an interview, speaking of the wages and bonuses in the budgetary sector.

He also recently said that he would run for a top position in the party, "other than the one I currently hold."

PM Citu is currently one of PNL's vice-presidents. PM Citu also said that PNL should hold a Congress and elect new leadership as soon as the vaccination campaign allows it.

He avoided openly criticizing PNL leader Orban, and underlined the latter's support in Parliament, where the 2021 budget was passed quickly and with no amendments.

(Photo: Ilona Andrei/ Inquam Photos)

andrei@romania-insider.com

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Profile picture for user andreich
Andrei Chirileasa
Editor-in-Chief

Andrei studied finance at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and started his journalism career in 2004 with Ziarul Financiar, the leading financial newspaper in Romania, where he worked for ten years, the last six of which as editor of the capital markets section. He joined the Romania-Insider.com team in 2014 as editor and became Editor-in-Chief in 2016. He currently oversees the daily content published on Romania-Insider.com and likes to stay up to date with everything relevant in business, politics, and life in Romania. Andrei lives with his family in the countryside in Northern Romania, where he built their own house. In his free time, he studies horticulture and tends to his family’s garden. He enjoys foraging in the woods and long walks on the hills and valleys around his village. Email him for story ideas and interviews at andrei@romania-insider.com. 

 

RO Liberal party leader prepares to defend his seat

Ludovic Orban, the leader of the senior ruling party in Romania - the National Liberal Party (PNL), reportedly prepares to defend his seat in front of those who have already criticized him for the lower than expected score in last fall's general elections, G4media.ro reported.

Maintaining his position would keep him in the race for the 2024 presidential elections.

In the December 6 general elections, the National Liberal Party (PNL) received fewer votes than its main rival, the Social Democratic Party (PSD), and Orban had to give up on leading a new Government to smoothen the coalition with the reformist block USR-PLUS.

As the Liberals' Congress approaches, some regional organizations began expressing their support for Orban.

The move coincides with prime minister Florin Citu, Orban's successor as head of the Government, expressing higher political ambitions.

A stronger position within PNL would help Citu pursue deeper reforms. "I would have gone deeper, but I had no political support," he said in an interview, speaking of the wages and bonuses in the budgetary sector.

He also recently said that he would run for a top position in the party, "other than the one I currently hold."

PM Citu is currently one of PNL's vice-presidents. PM Citu also said that PNL should hold a Congress and elect new leadership as soon as the vaccination campaign allows it.

He avoided openly criticizing PNL leader Orban, and underlined the latter's support in Parliament, where the 2021 budget was passed quickly and with no amendments.

(Photo: Ilona Andrei/ Inquam Photos)

andrei@romania-insider.com

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